Definition

Naomi B. Robbins on perceptualedge.com states:

A cycle plot (Cleveland, Dunn, and Terpenning, 1978) shows both the cycle or trend and the day-of-the-week or the month-of-the-year effect. Thus the cycle plot retains the strengths more common plots  without either of their weaknesses.

 

Videos

Andy Cotgreave provided this example on Tableau.com:

Blog posts

Andy’s blog post to accompany the above video is here:

http://gravyanecdote.com/uncategorized/seasonality-and-cycle-plots/

Jock MacKinlay‘s post from way back in 2008 includes links to a sample workbook:

http://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2008/01/building-cycle-charts-look-trend-data

Bill Saltmarsh includes a video in his post:

http://tableauafterdark.com/2015/08/seasonality-in-data-cycle-plots/

Whilst Robert Rouse refers to Cycle plots in this article:

https://www.interworks.com/en-gb/blog/rrouse/2015/02/05/what-consider-when-comparing-current-vs-prior-periods

Example workbooks

2016 IronViz champion Curtis Harris made use of a Cycle plot, so if that’s not a good enough reason to use one, I don’t know what is! Here’s the winning submission:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/curtis.harris#!/vizhome/TheSlowDeclineoftheNewYorkCityYellowTaxi/IVHAR

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